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Foods to Fight Inflammation
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Foods to Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural response by its immune system to repair a damaged cell.  Most people have experienced acute inflammation at some time with an insect bite, a cut or an injury.  This results in redness, swelling and pain as the body works to repair the damaged tissue.  However, chronic inflammation lingers on for...

Listening to Your Body’s Symptoms …..
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Listening to Your Body’s Symptoms …..

The human body is a wonder, and so clever in giving us information about how it is working.  The body gives us symptoms to tell us if it is happy, getting enough of one thing, getting too much of another and what we need to pay more attention to.  This is valuable feedback and it...

Fuel Yourself to Be Exam Ready
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Fuel Yourself to Be Exam Ready

Everyone knows that a nutritious diet is important when training for a sports competition or a big game.  However, many people don’t understand the importance of optimal nutrition for study and exam preparation.  The brain requires essential nutrients and foods to improve alertness, concentration, memory, mood and your ability to cope with stress.  Lack of...

Menopause – let’s talk about it
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Menopause – let’s talk about it

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life. Symptoms in menopause vary enormously among women and are largely dependent on a woman’s state of health, nutrition and lifestyle, stress levels and level of hormone chaos.  However, there are some simple strategies that can help ease some menopausal symptoms. Menopause officially occurs one year after...

Office Dining – Getting it Right
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Office Dining – Getting it Right

For many of us, we spend a great deal of our week at work, and over half of our meals are consumed at the office.  There are some common workplace food traps such as the frequent coffee runs, the mid-afternoon sweet cravings, weekly office celebrations and limited healthy food options available.  Try these few office...

The Gluten vs Wheat Confusion
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The Gluten vs Wheat Confusion

More and more people are eating gluten-free … for medical reasons such as coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or simply as part of a growing food trend.  Recent research has indicated that the popularity of gluten-free diet has increased in the last decade and at times up to 20 per cent of the population...

Time Saving Hacks in your Kitchen
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Time Saving Hacks in your Kitchen

Many Australians have a desire to cook homemade meals and three in four (74%) families cook their family a meal five or more nights a week.  Some challenges that confront home cooks are the cost of groceries, confidence in the kitchen, trying to “please the masses” and being time poor.  Indeed a recent report highlights...

Be Your Own Food Tribe – Just do Food
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Be Your Own Food Tribe – Just do Food

According to a recent study, one-in-three Australians exclude specific food groups from their diet – including wheat or gluten, dairy and/or animal products.  My observation within my practice is that this number may be even higher. Every day I hear conversations around what food movement people follow and it seems that this food avoidance is...

Shaking the Salt Habit
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Shaking the Salt Habit

Australians are eating too much salt and this over a long period of time can have an effect on health.  It can contribute to chronic disease such as blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  There is a linear relationship with high sodium intake and high blood pressure and reducing the salt intake of someone...

What to Eat & Drink for a Winning Smile
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What to Eat & Drink for a Winning Smile

Eating dairy foods rich in calcium, casein and phosporous is important for building strong and healthy teeth.  There are many other foods and drinks that have a detrimental effect on dental health and tooth enamel. Recent Australian statistics (2018) reveal that 42% of all children aged 5 – 10 years have experienced tooth decay in...